Making sales is critical for any business, but it’s not just hard cash that helps to grow your company, it’s also those little intangibles like brand loyalty. How can you create that elusive feeling of brand affinity among your customers? We’ll look at some ways of creating customer loyalty right here.
What is brand loyalty?
Brand loyalty means your customers have a personal and possibly emotive connection with your products and services, rather than a more cold, transactional one. Every business strives to increase brand loyalty because it means your customers may return time and again to buy more products
, and spread the word about what makes you special.
You don’t have to be a superfan with logos on your wall to have an affinity for a brand. As customers, we may consciously or unconsciously become loyal to certain companies throughout our lifetime.
What is customer loyalty?
Customer loyalty is a close cousin of brand loyalty, and while there is no dictionary definition, customer loyalty is more about spending habits and behaviours rather than a deeper connection with a brand.
Why is customer loyalty important?
Here are three reasons why every business may want to consider implementing a customer loyalty strategy
- Boost your cash flow. The reality for any business is that happy, loyal customers may be more likely to spend more money and keep your balance sheet healthy.
- Save money. Having loyal customers could allow you to reduce your spending on acquisition marketing.
- Promote new products. Your repeat visitors are more likely to try new products, which could give you a chance to shake up your inventory and get valuable market research.
Why is brand loyalty important?
An effective brand loyalty strategy is worth its weight in gold. Here are three reasons why
- Word of mouth. People who like what your business offers are more likely to recommend you to others, which may be cheaper than a paid marketing campaign.
- Influencers. Whether they’re paid or unpaid, having the right influencer who feels passionate about your brand can help you reach new customers on social media.
- Reputation. Creating brand affinity means customers may look out for your logo, and may even allow you to tweak your pricing strategy and charge higher prices as your brand becomes more reputable.
How brand and customer loyalty overlap
Creating customer loyalty means you’re more likely to build brand loyalty. If a customer has a positive experience in-store, where they can buy well-priced, quality products, and enjoy good customer service, their affinity towards your brand will likely grow over time.
How to attract loyal customers
Running a business involves a lot of trial and error, but if you’re looking for ways to build brand and customer loyalty, why not give some of these ideas a try?
- Acustomer loyalty programme – you may be able to encourage repeat customers by rewarding their loyalty. Some loyalty programmes offer redeemable points for customers (such as Tyl Rewards), while others can be as simple as a loyalty card with a free coffee on the tenth visit, for example.
- Membership schemes – By creating a paid members’ scheme, with access to exclusive and premium content and benefits, your customers may feel like they’re a part of an ‘inner circle’ and feel even closer to your brand.
- Charitable support – Many consumers make values-based decisions, so partnering with a charity or cause can show that you care about the same things your customers do. One successful example of a business-charity partnership is Macmillan Cancer Support’s partnership with Boots. Staff at the pharmacy chain were trained to give advice to people with cancer , helping to instil brand loyalty by showing that Boots take their charity commitments seriously.
- Think local – Many people love to spend their hard-earned cash at the local café, bar or restaurant, rather than a chain store where the money might not be reinvested locally. So getting involved in local initiatives, from jumble sales to crowdfunding initiatives, could drive brand loyalty and make you a ‘local hero.
- Honestyis the best policy – Being open and honest with your customers, whether you’re breaking bad news or justifying your prices, shows that you’re acting with integrity. Honesty can often inspire trust between you and your customers, giving them a strong affinity for your brand.
Build your brand loyalty with Tyl by your side
If you want to keep your customers coming back time after time after time (and why wouldn’t you?), we’re ready to help. Fees apply for using Tyl but as well as being the ‘bee’s knees’ when it comes to taking payments, Tyl can woo your consumers with Tyl Rewards and Give Back – both included as part of your Tyl package.
Tyl Rewards lets you easily create your own loyalty schemes, rewarding customers who can’t get enough of you. Tyl Give Back is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our ‘Tyl Towns’ by donating a portion of our profits to charities in your area. So when your business is making transactions, your local good causes can share in that success. If that doesn’t bring a smile to your customers’ faces, we don’t know what will.
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